Elsevier Foundation/TWAS Sustainability Program

Elsevier Foundation/TWAS Sustainability Program – This program aims to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts, with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in sustainability and further build capacity building in their countries.

Application Deadline: 1st March 2018

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): Developing Countries

About the Award: Elsevier Foundation/TWAS Sustainability Program supports visits of distinguished scientists to institutions in developing countries, especially those in the 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

The programme aims to provide institutions and research groups in developing countries, especially those with limited outside contacts with the opportunity to establish long-term links with world leaders in sustainability and further build capacity in their countries.

Under the programme, prospective host institutions can invite distinguished scientists in sustainability to collaborate in research and training. The visiting expert will be expected to interact closely with faculty and students of the host institution with the aim of strengthening its existing activities and/or assisting in the establishment of new lines of research. The visiting expert could also deliver lectures and seminars to research students, supervise students, conduct research and discuss future collaborative partnerships.

This effort is in line with the new Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.


Type: Research

Eligibility: Elsevier Foundation/TWAS Sustainability Program places a strong emphasis on equal opportunities, and nominations of women scientists will be particularly welcomed. Please note: only persons who are experts in the field of sustainability will be considered for the programme.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The sponsoring organization, through TWAS, will provide the visiting expert with up to USD4,000 to cover the cost of travel, visa, accommodation and other expenses related to the visit.

Duration of Program: Minimum two weeks

How to Apply: Institutions wishing to be considered for this programme must complete the online application form. While filling in the online application, the following documentation needs to be uploaded:

  • brief CV of the Sustainbility Visiting Expert (maximum 10 pages);
  • list of publications of the Sustainbility Visiting Expert;
  • letter from the Sustainability Visiting Expert detailing the research and teaching programme with which he/she could assist at the host institute;
  • supporting statement from the head of the host institution.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS

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